• Brisbane innovators solve aerospace challenges in first Boeing Hackathon

    December 12, 2018

    Two teams have taken out the winning title at Boeing’s first Australian Hackathon, impressing industry judges with their technical solutions to unlock the potential application of autonomous systems.

    More than 90 people registered for the three day event in Brisbane, forming teams to tackle their choice of five aerospace challenges set by Boeing engineers. Technical experts from Boeing as well as small-to-medium sized Queensland businesses were on hand to provide guidance.

    Director of Boeing Phantom Works International, Shane Arnott, said the hackathon challenges spanned topics related to the safe application of autonomous systems, including augmented / virtual reality, modelling and simulation, information security and machine learning.

    “This hackathon was designed to engage Queenslanders in the art of the possible, inspire new ways of thinking about autonomy, and give participants an insight into the world of rapid ideation and prototyping that our Boeing engineers experience every day,” said Arnott.

    Local Brisbane innovators, ‘Team Float’, placed first with their Detect and Avoid proof of concept system that could enable Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to safely operate in the same airspace as commercial aircraft.

    Sharing first place was ‘Team Emoji’ for their Airborne Imagery Analysis solution that enabled the autonomous operation of an electro-optical camera to identify and track points of interest.

    ‘Team Discovery Channel’ took home the People’s Choice Award for their use of Virtual Reality to visualise a UAV flight deck that could support the futuristic simulation of autonomous taxis.

    The judging panel consisted of Leanne Kemp, Queensland Chief Entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of Everledger; Jane Hunter, Chief Operating Officer of Boeing Phantom Works International; and Emily Hughes, Chief Engineer of Boeing Phantom Works International.

    The event had the support of the Queensland Government through use of its start-up venue, The Precinct, in Fortitude Valley. Mentors from Queensland businesses including Immersive Robotics and Spaceport Artificial Intelligence also volunteered their time.

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